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Moral Purpose and Cultural Significance in Fables, Fairytales, Myths and Legends Kassandra Sams ENG/295 November 12, 2018 Karen Lawler
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Moral Purpose and Cultural Significance in Fables, Fairytales, Myths and Legends In Little Red Riding-hood by Charles Perrault, the author tells a tale of a little girl who is to take some cakes and butter to her ill grandmother. As the girl makes her way through the woods she meets a sly wolf whom has the intentions of eating the girl. Sadly, the girl does not see any harm in sharing information about her journey to her grandmother’s house and literally feeds the wolf everything he needs to know to fulfill his intentions. The moral purpose used by Perrault in the fairytale is to warn children to be leery of strangers. The warning is explained through the consequence the girl faces at the end of the story when she realizes that it is the wolf in her grandmother’s bed, but by then it is too late to correct her mistake. Perrault (1900) writes that, “… Wolves are many, and vary in kind; There are some, easy-mannered and tame, Without malice, or temper, the same, Most obliging and sweet in their way, Like to follow their tender young prey, And will track them right into their homes—lack-a-day! Who among us has not
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